March 14, 2016

What are you reading. I'm deep in the Bronze Age! For a corrective to our frequent underestimation of our human ancestors—their ingenuity, artistry, energy—try Cyprian Broodbank's The Making of the Middle Sea and Adam Nicolson's Why Homer Matters. Both include treasures: fascinating pictures of the gold leaf masks which accompanied the wealthy dead—even children—into their Bronze age tumuli; exquisitely detailed Greek jars showing gods in action, bringing myths to life; and weapons, more than ever before, almost mass produced. Both raise such questions about human nature....